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‘The most important new character in Archie history’: Kevin Keller marriage issue sells out

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And somewhere, “one million” moms scream, “NOOOOOOO!”

Archie Comics announced today via press release that Life With Archie #16, which features the marriage of Riverdale’s first gay character, has sold out. I really dig this quote from their CEO:

“Kevin will always be a major part of Riverdale, and we’re overjoyed, honored and humbled by the response to this issue,” said Jon Goldwater, Co-CEO of Archie Comics. “Our fans have come out full force to support Kevin. He is, without a doubt, the most important new character in Archie history. He’s here to stay.”

The issue caught the attention of the American Family Association and their OneMillionMoms website earlier this week, as the group targeted Toys “R” Us for selling the comic in “the last place a parent would expect to be confronted with questions from their children on topics that are too complicated for them to understand. Issues of this nature are being introduced too early and too soon, which is becoming extremely common and unnecessary.” Goldwater told us then that Keller “will forever be a part of Riverdale, and he will live a happy, long life free of prejudice, hate and narrow-minded people.”

You can find the complete press release after the jump.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: LIFE WITH ARCHIE #16 – THE WEDDING OF KEVIN KELLER SELLS OUT

New York, NY (March 1) — Archie Comics, the home to some of the world’s most recognizable characters — including Archie, Jughead, Betty and Veronica, Josie and the Pussycats and Sabrina, the Teenage Witch — is proud to announce that the company has sold out of LIFE WITH ARCHIE #16.

The issue, which has received widespread media attention around the world, including coverage from ABC NEWS, REUTERS, THE HUFFINGTON POST, GAWKER, THE DRUDGE REPORT, THE NEW YORK TIMES, PEREZHILTON.com, ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY, THE ADVOCATE, OUT MAGAZINE, FOX NEWS and more, features a historic moment for Kevin Keller, the first gay character in Riverdale: He gets married.

“Kevin will always be a major part of Riverdale, and we’re overjoyed, honored and humbled by the response to this issue,” said Jon Goldwater, Co-CEO of Archie Comics. “Our fans have come out full force to support Kevin. He is, without a doubt, the most important new character in Archie history. He’s here to stay.”